Just finished watching V Versace's video for NX2 and loved it (also downloaded Dr. O'Dell's e-book as well)...both are worth every cent! Anyway, in the video he mentions setting up Pro Photo RGB as the primary color space...after downloading NX2 (I'm new to the digital workflow realm) on my Mac I noticed that when I went to set up the program that there isn't Pro Photo RGB listed as an option. Am i missing something or is this a third-party software upgrade for the Capture NX program?
It's an ICC profile you need to load into your operating system. Or however a Mac handles it. People like Vincent, Jason, me, and every other Photoshop owner has that profile included & installed with recent versions of Photoshop.
I believe Adobe has that ICC profile somewhere to download. Or use your search engine of choice. The network in this hotel is terribly slow so I'm not able to quickly do the search myself.
Sounds like those reference works should be clearer about where/how you get that profile. Just find it and install it as your system documentation suggests.
The way to use ProPhoto is with your NEFs-- set the default Color Space preference to use ProPhoto and "use instead of embedded profile". If you have a file already saved using a different embedded profile (especially JPEGs or TIFFs), you can get weird results unless you add a color profile step and "convert to profile" with ProPhoto chosen.
Jason or others, can a printer like the Epson R2400 support the color gamut of ProPhoto RGB? I understand it can support RGB like Adobe 1998, but not sure about ProPhoto with its expanded color gamut. My D300 is set to save my images as RGB, but not sure which flavor it is?
No printer can print anything remotely close to ProPhoto RGB. ProPhoto even has colors defined that are outside the visual ability of the human eye.
If we had a working space definition that were just slightly larger than the ability of our camera sensors then we'd be all set. But at the moment, Adobe (through the advocation of Bruce Fraser, Jeff Schewe, et al) and others in the industry have come to ProPhoto RGB as a space that is "for sure" larger than either camera sensors or slide film. It was based on work at Kodak and has been distributed with Photoshop for a few revisions now. That makes it almost a de facto large color space standard.
Adobe Wide RGB (icluded with Capture NX) was an earlier attempt at a color space larger than Adobe RGB 1998 that could hold most/all input colors. I'm not proficient enough to completely articulate why this wasn't popular. I think it was how it behaved in editing or printing.
Anyway, I suggest you look at the gamut plots of various working and output spaces to see what I mean.
An Epson R2400, as well as equivalent models from HP such as the 9180, can print colors outside the color gamut of Adobe RGB. It can't print everything in the ProPhoto space - nothing can at this point - but you'll get more out of your printer by using ProPhoto than you will with Adobe RGB.
If you are staying in Capture NX2, it is best to maintain your image as a NEF. If you want to work on the image in Photoshop and see the edits that you've made in NX2, you will have to use "save as" or "open with" to generate a 16-bit tif to open in Photoshop. Most online print services that I have used require an sRGB jpg file to be submitted.
I concur with Rick. I have an Epson R2400 and normally print my NEFs in ProPhoto RGB straight from Capture NX2. Using the applicable printer profile will translate ProPhoto RGB to the color space of that printer profile (I assume) and the results are excellent.